Penny Jark


Monday, August 25, 2014


This past weekend I had the great pleasure of visiting Ace Hotel in Palm Springs CA. This place exudes cool...there were so many details I couldn't have possibly taken it all in. I was curious to know more about the history of the Ace hotels...there are a few including London, Seattle, Downtown LA, New York, Panama etc. 

A friend mentioned that the owner/creator passed away last year. Reading/researching about the creator Alex Calderwood is fascinating in and of itself. It's always interesting reading about creative minds and what inspires or inspired them.

The design of the Ace Palm Springs is a mix of 1960's mod,industrial, South Western, Americana...interesting elements like random pieces of driftwood with painted phrases stating "WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" were a recurring theme. I also noticed the phrase on the hotel pamphlets.

Each hotel room is slightly different, thriftstore furniture outfits most of the rooms with modern comfy beds and sleek simple bathrooms. Nothing was fussy or overdone. It was stylish without being pretentious and understated without being boring. I've read that each Ace Hotel is designed in accordance to it's surroundings. It would be cool to visit all of them (if given the chance).

Here's a few snap shots from my visit...

(my husband and I outside of the hotel)

(hotel lobby)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bedroom Lamps!

It may seem silly,but for weeks and weeks I was hunting for the 'just right' lamps and I finally stumbled upon them yesterday. I was hunting most of the morning when I thought "hmmm let me stop in at Marshalls and see what they have?" at this point I was getting hungry and ready to give up for the day.

 As I walked towards the lamp section with my sunglasses on I could barely make out a pair of bluish gourd lamps and thought "Could it be???" I was so relieved I finally found them! I quickly grabbed one and then the other and noticed they were marked down! woohoo!!! I was overjoyed!

They're just what I was looking for gourd shaped, modern with a 1960's feel and blue!

Good things really do come to those who wait ;)

Here's a few shots of the lamp styled on my nightstand and a partial room shot.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


So classic, So chic, So timeless!

I love black decor but I don't necessarily use it in my own home. White however is a mainstay in my furniture/decor choices.

Black and white is a constant in my wardrobe as well as grays. Lately I've been more drawn to simple black and white inspired interiors. One of these days I'll get brave and add dashes of black to one of the rooms in my apartment (maybe...) 

In the meantime enjoy this black and white goodness...

1.  2.  3.  45.  6.

image via Vosges Paris

image via Vosges Paris

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bedroom Curtains

Some of you may remember my post Bedroom progress. It is progressing, slowly but surely.With the help of my husband I managed to get the bamboo shades and curtains up YAY!!!!

As you can see I'm still on the hunt for lamps, I might just drive myself crazy trying to find the "perfect" lamps...I know their out there somewhere ;)
Theres lots of white going on in the room (which I love) but it definitely needs bits of contrast.

When we first moved in I was debating painting the whole place but I've learned to embrace the beige and work with it. I can't say I love it but I like it more and more.


here's a BEFORE shot of my sad bedroom window...

...and AFTER 

It feels so peaceful and breezy now. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Next up >>> Tackling the bathroom

Friday, August 8, 2014

Delightful Duvets

Duvet covers are an easy way to change up the look and feel of your space. While there's a plethora of covers to choose from, I've compiled a few that would suit different tastes. 

Hoping you all have a beautiful weekend!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

eDesign Details...

Yesterday I took some time perfecting my eDesign package. My goal is to bring you accessible, affordable and chic design. I'd like to explain the process a bit. We'll begin with a questionnaire and pin point your style. After that I'll ask you to take a few pictures and measurements of the room.

 I'll then render a moodboard (similar to the one pictured below) and also include a list of paint color choices and furniture/accessory prices. Once a design is set in place it's up to you to complete the space on your own time and budget. I'll work with the exisiting furniture you have and also give you recommendations.

 Overall I'd like the eDesign package to be a fun and easy process that will enrich your life!

If you're ready to begin your eDesign package, please email me at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bedroom progress...

I was on the hunt for bedroom nightstands and I've found them!


I trolled Craigslist and about 2 weeks ago I came across someone selling these beauties for a super fair price. I cleaned em' up and replaced the hardware now they look good as new. I'm not certain what company makes them but I can tell you they're of really great quality...theres even a power surge built right in to the back *high five*

I think they add a wonderful elegance to the room.

Still looking for the 'just right' lamps ( I'm ridiculously picky about lamps and pillows )

 Onto the window treatments...

As you can see my bedroom windows are in need! The plan is simple white curtains, a bamboo shade and gold curtain rings.

 A white Ikea rod will look fresh against the gold rings.

The curtain rings are from Target and have been discontinued :(
I like the size of the rings (they're a bit larger)

I post little sneak peeks on my Instagram, feel free to follow.

XX, Jenny

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